Delivering a Music Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Older People With Dementia: Musician Experiences and Reflections

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Title Delivering a Music Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Older People With Dementia: Musician Experiences and Reflections
Author Harrison, Scott David; Cooke, Marie Louise; Moyle, Wendy; Shum, David; Murfield, Jennifer Elaine
Journal Name Music and Medicine
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage
Abstract A qualitative thematic approach was used to exploremusicians' views and experiences of delivering a music intervention and its efficacy for people with dementia in long-term care.Two musicians who delivered the intervention in a randomized controlled trial were interviewed using a semistructured schedule. The data were sorted, categorized, and thematically analyzed. Two themes emerged: design of the protocol and efficacy of the program. Musicians felt that the intervention was appropriately designed, particularly in terms of repertoire selection, session length, incorporation of live and prerecorded music, and use of 2 musicians. They reported seeing improvements in mood, memory, general well-being, and quality of life for persons with dementia, both during and after the session. The findings support a music protocol structure that can be used for randomized controlled trials. They also highlight how standardized assessment tools used in randomized controlled trials can be complemented with qualitative, reflective evidence.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1943862110374961
Volume 2
Issue Number 4
Page from 214
Page to 218
ISSN 1943-8621
Date Accessioned 2010-12-08
Date Available 2010-12-22T03:19:50Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Behavioural Basis of Health; Griffith Health Institute; Griffith Institute for Educational Research; Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35413
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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